blog 2aTwenty-five years ago, a semester away from receiving my MBA, I suggested to my class that we create a program to help 300 needy kids in East Palo Alto. While my initial idea was shot-down, after class, fellow classmate Todd Yoshida, said to me, “Jenn, I thought you had a good idea,” and the Family Giving Tree was born.

blog 1bI am so grateful that 22 years later, the Family Giving Tree would celebrate helping our millionth child, or that 25 years later we would fulfill more than 100,000 wishes in a year! People often ask if we ever thought the Family Giving Tree would become something so big. I can honestly say, no. That this has been an amazing journey filled with awesome volunteers and supporters who have transformed a good idea into a grass roots movement that is truly changing our community one wish at a time.

Thank you for being a part of this journey!